14 August 2017
An organisation based at the Rural Innovation Centre at Stoneleigh Park is appealing for a small horsebox trailer to transport a pony it uses for providing pet therapy in the community.
Appoint Us is a community interest company which offers a wide range of services to benefit those who need support in independence and the professionals, families and carers who support them.
It uses specialist dogs and a pony for its pet therapy service known to help with communication skills, relaxation, socialisation and confidence building among people with dementia, mental health issues and learning disabilities through bonds formed.
Julie Earls, a director of Appoint Us, said:
We are looking for a small Ifor Williams horse trailer to transport our therapy pony and are appealing for anyone who would like to donate one to us, or contribute towards the £2,000 cost of us buying one.
As a community interest company, we have been set up for ‘public good’ and give profit back to the local community. We rely on donations as the income from our services is generated back into the local community.
Our pet therapy service is extremely beneficial. We use a variety of specialist dogs of different breeds and sizes and a small pony which visit people in care and in other community settings.
People with dementia and mental health issues, and to a certain extent those with learning disabilities, will communicate far better through an animal rather than a person. We have people with dementia who have not spoken but will suddenly start to talk when they are in contact with one of the animals we use.
Appoint Us are also looking for a suitable small pony of good temperament to join its pet therapy service.
Anyone who can help is asked to get in touch with Appoint Us on 024 7699 8414. For more information visit www.appointusservices.co.uk